The Quest for Perfect Brows

The search for perfect eyebrows can be a constant struggle. Uneven, thin, or patchy brows can distract from your overall appearance, making you feel less confident in your skin. Microblading offers a permanent solution to enhance and define your brows, but it may only be suitable for some. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll answer the question, is Microblading Right For You, by reviewing various factors that can help you determine if microblading is the right choice.
Microblading is a permanent cosmetic tattooing technique that creates the appearance of fuller, more defined eyebrows. It involves using a handheld tool or tattoo device to deposit pigment into the skin, mimicking the look of natural brow hairs. While microblading can be an effective option for some people, there may be better techniques for others. Here’s a look at why microblading may not be effective on certain skin types or conditions:

Assessing Your Skin Type and Condition for Microblading Success

Oily Skin & Large Pores

If you have oily or large-pored skin, microblading may not be your best option. It may result in uneven or patchy results due to the thin strokes blurring on the skin from releasing your natural body oil during the healing stage. Large pores don’t allow a smooth application of the strokes.

Sun-damaged Skin

The sun’s UV rays can damage the skin and cause it to become leathery and less elastic. This can make it more difficult for the pigment from the microblading process to take hold and stay in place. In addition, the UV rays can cause the pigment to fade more quickly, leading to a shorter lifespan for the results.


Individuals taking acne medications such as Accutane or Retin-A within the last year have an altered skin condition that will not heal well after the procedure. It’s very important that you wait a year before tattooing the skin. Similarly, Retinol and Vitamin A users should discontinue each a month before their procedure.

Anti-Aging Products and Microblading

Anti-aging products contain special ingredients that promote skin regeneration, revealing a fresher, healthier-looking layer. This process can make it harder for microblading pigments to adhere to and remain in place. Furthermore, using these products might cause the pigment to fade faster, shortening the longevity of the results. If you use anti-aging products on your forehead and consider microblading, be aware that the outcome may not last as long as you’d like.

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 1

If you have Fitzpatrick Skin type 1 (i.e., you are a redhead and have thin, translucent skin with light eyes), your skin is very likely to be hypersensitive, and your skin will not be able to tolerate microblading well.  The same applies if you generally have very thin skin – it will bleed easily and not retain color.

Skin Conditions Effect Microblading

If you have any skin condition near your eyebrows.  eczema, shingles, rashes, or anything else near the eyebrows, if you are prone to keloids, have super thin skin, or Rosacea, you are not a candidate for Microblading.
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External Factors Affecting Microblading Suitability

Individuals With Visible Redness On The Face

Broken blood vessels too close to the skin surface will cause excessive bleeding, affecting the retention of the brows.

Active Transmittable Blood Diseases Such As HIV or Hepatitis

Microblading artists cut into the skin, so it is best not to work with these conditions for your safety, as these conditions significantly impact individuals’ immune systems and healing processes.

Auto-immune Diseases

Microblading may significantly impact the immune system, and healing results are not guaranteed.

Botox/Filler In The Brow Area

You can receive Microblading four weeks after botox/filler. Alternatively, you can do the Microblading treatment and wait four weeks for your botox/filler.


Individuals undergoing active chemotherapy are not candidates for microblading

Age Considerations for Microblading

Legal Age Requirements

Since microblading involves implanting ink into the skin, it is considered a tattoo. In most U.S. states, individuals under 18 are not legally allowed to receive tattoos.

Starting Too Young: Why It’s Best to Wait

Microblading, despite being popular among various age groups, is ultimately a facial tattoo that necessitates regular maintenance. Over ten to twelve years, four to five applications will typically be needed before the skin can no longer accommodate more ink, requiring some removal. Starting the microblading process at a young age may cause the skin to reach its limit prematurely. It’s generally recommended to wait until your 30s before opting for permanent eyebrow solutions, including microblading.

Mature Skin and Microblading

Individuals over 55 years of age. Mature skin is not ideal for Microblading because it does not hold the strokes well.

Skin With Wrinkles

If you have deep wrinkles around your eyebrows, microblading will not be a practical option. Because the wrinkles create an uneven texture, the results will also be uneven or patchy.

Unique Circumstances That May Affect Microblading

Pre-existing Shaded or Solid Eyebrow Tattoos

Individuals with dark pre-existing eyebrow tattoos. The only exception would be if the previous color is completely gone and not visible. Some Microblading professionals will not work over eyebrows previously tattooed by anyone else.

Eyebrow-hair Transplant

A commonly unknown fact is that scar tissue will form within the eyebrow transplant site. If you’ve had a hair transplant for your eyebrows, microblading is unsuitable.

Choosing the Perfect Brow Solution

In conclusion, microblading is an excellent option for many seeking defined, natural-looking eyebrows, as long as their skin is in good health and they don’t have any of the mentioned concerns. However, it’s important to remember that everyone is unique and may react differently to procedures.
If microblading isn’t right for you, don’t worry! A soft powder-style brow can be a fantastic alternative, providing ease and confidence. For expert guidance tailored to your unique needs, contact About Face and Body in Dr. Phillilps, Orlando, Florida area for a phone consultation by calling or texting 407-574-8383 or completing our online form to request a free phone consultation. We’re committed to helping you make the best decision and achieve the stunning, confidence-boosting brows you deserve.
Do you have more questions about microblading? Read our blog post about How Microblading Fades.